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737 Nose Cone Paint Question

Fri Oct 11, 2013 5:23 am

Hello All:

I was working A/C 916 tonight and noticed that the nose cone looks brighter than the rest of the airplane. At first I thought it was a replacement nose cone but upon closer inspection I noticed what seems to be a thin paint line outside of the nose of the A/C. I am curious as to why and how often the nose cones get repainted for the 737, or is this a WN thing only?

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/737-8H4/null_zps9bc61b20.jpg

"Paint line" outside of the nose cone area

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/737-8H4/null_zpsca0c134e.jpg
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rwessel
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RE: 737 Nose Cone Paint Question

Fri Oct 11, 2013 5:38 am

It's hard to say, but the radar domes are a different material than the rest of the fuselage (they need to be transparent to the radar they're covering after all), so you may see some color differences in the paint.

More likely is that this dome was swapped off another aircraft. They're not super durable, and get dinged up all the time. There's even a fair bit of swapping between airlines for parts availability. Here's a Southwest nose cone on an America West aircraft:


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RE: 737 Nose Cone Paint Question

Fri Oct 11, 2013 5:40 am

Quoting rwessel (Reply 1):
More likely is that this dome was swapped off another aircraft.

I can see if just the nose cone was freshly painted, however I noticed that thin line of paint outside the nose cone ( this is also apparent on other WN planes as well ), which leads me to think maybe they get repainted after awhile because they get dinged up all the time..
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RE: 737 Nose Cone Paint Question

Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:54 am

Its termed the RADOME......the nose cone is technically referred to the fwd part of the engine inlet....
The radome looks swapped from another aircraft.......the gap is normal.
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RE: 737 Nose Cone Paint Question

Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:23 pm

He's talking about the shinly blue paint AFT of the radome / gap. Which makes it look like they repainted the radome while it was on the airplane (and masked it aft of the gap).

I'd have to draw the same conclusion but have no real idea!
 
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RE: 737 Nose Cone Paint Question

Fri Oct 11, 2013 6:13 pm

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 2):
I can see if just the nose cone was freshly painted, however I noticed that thin line of paint outside the nose cone ( this is also apparent on other WN planes as well ), which leads me to think maybe they get repainted after awhile because they get dinged up all the time

Either a replacement, that was new, one from the repair shop or one that has been "dinged up".

It seems the "Canyon Blue" fades quite fast from sunlight (UV). I think somewhere one of our contributors indicated that WN was looking into reformulation or a different brand of paint to deal with the issue.
If that is the case, then the painted radome may be nearly as old as the paint job but with a different type of paint.
One thing for sure, the touch ups and repairs on the blue are generally pretty obvious on WN aircraft.

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RE: 737 Nose Cone Paint Question

Sat Oct 12, 2013 12:40 am

Quoting okie (Reply 5):
It seems the "Canyon Blue" fades quite fast from sunlight (UV). I think somewhere one of our contributors indicated that WN was looking into reformulation or a different brand of paint to deal with the issue.

Or just drop the blue and go back to desert gold and orange! Much better livery IMO.

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RE: 737 Nose Cone Paint Question

Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:19 pm

Quoting YQBexYHZBGM (Reply 6):
Or just drop the blue and go back to desert gold and orange! Much better livery IMO.

Yeah, but the blue/orange has a big brand awareness now. All of my friends can instantly recognize Southwest planes, although they still struggle with all the rest. Lots of work still to be done 
 
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RE: 737 Nose Cone Paint Question

Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:09 pm

Quoting LH707330 (Reply 7):

Recognition gained is a matter of time.....any livery displayed for a certain period of time becomes commonly noticed.
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RE: 737 Nose Cone Paint Question

Mon Nov 25, 2013 5:37 pm

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 8):
any livery displayed for a certain period of time becomes commonly noticed.

Not if they are all white with a small logo, or white with a blue belly....

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